Athletes Arrive in Sun City, Arizona for NAC

Sun City, Arizona | October 10, 2014

Twenty of Canada’s top bowlers will be arriving in Sun City, Arizona this weekend for the North American Challenge.  The competition will take place October 16-18 and athletes will participate in some training prior to the first round on Thursday. 

The North American Challenge was first held in Sun City in 1995.  The initial challenge comprised of teams of five men and five women, evolving into the teams of ten men and ten women we will see this year.  The ten player teams are divided into two five-member teams named Folkins and Jarvis, in honour of two great bowlers, Dick Folkins (USA) and Graham Jarvis (Canada).

There are 48 matches over three days with each athlete playing in six games.  Each squad will play the two squads from the opposing country, where the top ranked squad from each country will then play in the 3rd round of their discipline.  There are seven trophies to be handed out based on most wins, with plus points as the tiebreaker.

The Canadian squad attending the event this year is strong and expected to do well.  “We are excited to be in Sun City and look forward to getting a couple solid training sessions in before play starts next week” said Davie Mathie, who is the national team coach, “we have a great mix on the team, including four junior players”. 
Our Canadian athletes participating at the North American Challenge are:


Folkins (Women)
Kelly Mckerihen- Toronto, Ontario
Laura Seed- Milton, Ontario
Lisa Mckerihen- Toronto, Ontario
Amanda Berg- Edmonton, Alberta
Mary Ann Beath- Surprize, Arizona

Folkins (Men)
Steve Mckerihen- Toronto, Ontario
David Anderson- Milton, Ontario
Chris Stadnyk- Niagara Falls, Ontario
Ryan Stadnyk- Niagara Falls, Ontario
Jake Schuknecht- Chelsey, Ontario

Jarvis (Women)
Harriette Pituley- Regina, Saskatchewan
Kay Johns- Clinton, Ontario
Jordan Kos- Regina, Saskatchewan
Stirling Wood- Midland, Ontario
Katelyn Brierley- Victoria, BC

Jarvis (Men)
Cary Manns- N. Vancouver, BC
Darryl Fitzgerald- Waterloo, Ontario
Grant Wilkie- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Pat Bird- Calgary, Alberta
Michel Larue- Blainville, Quebec


For more information, please contact:

Mikaela Martin
Communications Coordinator, Bowls Canada Boulingrin 

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